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Ipsilateral Floating Hip and Floating Knee – A Rare Entity


Ipsilateral Floating Hip and Floating Knee – A Rare Entity


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1.Rare Presentation of ipsilateral floating knee and hip fractures in young adult.

2.Review of literature on such cases and presenting results of management in one case.

Case Report |  Volume 3 | Issue 3 | JOCR July-Sep 2013 | Page 3-6 | Kumar YC, Nalini K B, Nagaraj P, Jawali A.

Authors: Kumar YC[1], Nalini K B[1], Nagaraj P[1], Jawali A[1]

[1]Dept of Orthopaedics, M S Ramiah Medical College, Bangalore, India -560054.

 Address of Correspondence:

Dr Yashavantha Kumar C: No 20,sri tiru nivas, lotte golla halli, near sterling residency, RMV II Stage, Bnagalore-560094. Email: Phone: 919663581868.


Introduction: Ipsilateral floating hip and floating knee are very rare injuries. These injuries so uncommon that only three  cases of similar kind have been reported.  These injuries are due to high velocity injuries following motor vehicle accidents. Management of such complex injuries is a challenging task even in experienced hands as there are no standard  treatment guidelines for such fractures.

 Case Report: We hereby report a 20 yr old male who sustained ipsilateral floating hip  and ipsilateral floating knee injuries following motor vehicle accident. Patient was stabilized initially and later taken up for surgery. Patient was treated with interlocking nail for femur and tibia in the same sitting whereas acetabulam fracture was managed conservatively. At five months all the fractures united well with restoration of good range of motion in both hip and knee.

 Conclusion: Ipsilateral floating knee and floating hip are very rare injuries seen following high velocity motor vehicle accidents. There are no standard guidelines for treatment of those fractures as only a few cases of similar kind have been reported in literature. Early fixation and aggressive mobilization ensures fracture union and fewer complications.

 Keywords: Floating hip, Floating Knee, Ipsilateral.


How to Cite This Article: Kumar YC, Nalini K B, Nagaraj P, Jawali A. Ipsilateral Floating Hip and Floating Knee – A Rare Entity. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2013 July-Sep ;3(3): 3-6. Available from:

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